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Reader in Renaissance History, University of Winchester

Dr. Elena (Ellie) Woodacre is a Reader in Renaissance History at the University of Winchester. She is a specialist in queenship and royal studies and has published extensively in this area including her monographs, The Queens Regnant of Navarre: Succession, Partnership and Politics, 1274-1512 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Queens and Queenship (ARC Humanities Press, 2021), which explores queenship in a theoretical, longue durée and global sense and a biography of Joan of Navarre: Infanta, Duchess, Queen, Witch? (Routledge, 2022). Elena has edited several collections: Queenship in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), The Image and Perception of Monarchy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge Scholars, 2014), Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Eras (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), A Companion to Global Queenship (ARC Medieval Press, 2018), Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and The Routledge History of Monarchy (Routledge, 2019) and a forthcoming volume of the English Consorts collection on the later medieval queens for Palgrave Macmillan with Joanna Laynesmith. Elena is the organizer of the ‘Kings & Queens’ conference series, founder of the Royal Studies Network (, Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal ( and the editor of the Gender and Power in the Premodern World series (ARC Humanities Press) and the Lives of Royal Women series (Routledge). She is also leading an international project entitled ‘Examining the Resources and Revenues of Premodern European Royal Women’, with a team of colleagues in Germany, Portugal and the UK (


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, University of Winchester
  • 2021–present
    Reader, University of Winchester